Hey, Craigslist! What's going on?
Oh...this. Let's investigate. I'm always checking out the freelance-writing gigs on the Craigslist, since it's not like I'm getting paid to blog, but most of the ads make me want to shove my head into an Underwood typewriter. Here's an example.
Looking for a published science fiction author to collaborate on a new book.
All right. I'm not a published science fiction author, unless you count "Journey to the Center of Your Mother," which was published in a collection called 'Yo Mama' Jokes That Don't Make No Sense. But I'll read on, anyway.
Must have published at least 3 successful books of your own.
Really? Is having just two "successful" books not good enough? What leap of skill occurs from that second book to the third?
My story takes place in the not so distant future.
Okay. So you mean it takes place, like, soon. Or next Thursday.
The title is "Finger of God".
Are you sure this is science fiction?
I have a good idea of the story but I need someone to do research into details and write dialogue and action.
Now I'm thinking of a finger. So...you have like an idea for a story, and you want someone — a published author with at least three real books under her belt — to do that mindless busy-work of details(?) and dialogue and action. You know, instead of finishing and publishing her fourth novel, so she can answer Craigslist ads that require you to have published "at least four" books.
Beginners please do not apply.
Of course not. But I think if a multi-published author (of at least three successful books) actually did apply, that would be science fiction.